Adhering to all post-operative care instructions is essential for a successful recovery after surgery. These instructions are designed based on the average patient. However, your surgeon may modify them during your office visits depending on your individual needs and based on your medical history, the type of surgery performed, and the progress of your healing.
Please start these medications as soon as you get home from surgery.
You may take acetaminophen and ibuprofen together for stronger effect, or you can alternate them so that you are taking one of them every 3 hours for more continuous effect. Ibuprofen, tramadol, and oxycodone should be taken with a small snack to avoid upsetting your stomach.
Gabapentin, Acetaminophen (Tylenol), and Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) each target discomfort in a different way. Gabapentin helps to control nerve-related discomfort, Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is a pain reducer, and Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) is an anti-inflammatory. Using these 3 medications together, as prescribed on each of the labels, in the immediate post-operative period is most beneficial.
Muscle spasms and anxiety can contribute to discomfort after surgery. You should try using this before using tramadol for discomfort.
Depending on your medical history, your specific procedure, and your risk of infection, you may be given one or more of the following antibiotics after surgery. If you are given antibiotics, it is important to complete the entire course (until all the pills are gone). Take the antibiotics with a glass of water and a small snack such as crackers so that they do not upset your stomach. Avoid taking certain antibiotics with fruit juice and dairy products.
Both pain medications and anesthesia can cause constipation, which may lead to discomfort and bloating. You may take these over-the-counter medications to alleviate constipation as needed.
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